The intelligence services say between 40 and 50 individuals with links to Norway had fought or were fighting in Syria

Oslo : Norway has taken exceptional security measures after being informed of a possible imminent “terrorist attack” by militants who have fought in Syria, the country’s intelligence chief said on Thursday, reports AFP.

The move comes as concerns are mounting in Europe about the growing national security threat posed by jihadists returning from war-torn Syria.

The domestic intelligence service (PST) “recently received information that a group of extremists from Syria may be planning a terrorist attack in Norway,” said PST chief Benedicte Bjoernland, adding it could be a question of days.

The threat is “non-specific” but “credible”, said Bjoernland. Neither the eventual target, nor the timing of the attack, nor the identity of the militants, nor their location are known, she added. In a separate statement, Norwegian police said that the information received pointed to a possible attack “in Europe”, with “Norway being specifically mentioned”.

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